ACP: Board Votes to Enhance Perception of Primary Care

Regents support measures including legislation to fund studies assessing value of primary care
By Rick Ansorge
HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, April 24 (HealthDay News) -- Prior to this week's annual American College of Physicians Internal Medicine 2009 meeting held from April 23 to 25 in Philadelphia, the Board of Regents approved a range of measures to support College members and improve health care nationwide.

Several measures were designed to improve the public and political image of primary care and general internal medicine. Among the measures were support for government funding of studies to assess the value and cost-effectiveness of primary care, and a public relations initiative to counter negative media coverage of primary care.

In other action, the Regents supported measures to improve U.S. Food and Drug Administration control of prescription drugs, including increased regulation of drugs manufactured in foreign countries, stricter oversight of pre-approval trials and studies, and a streamlining of the adverse events reporting system. They also called for changes in the Medicare system.

Several measures were aimed at College members, including the call to "publicize to College members the possible dangers of signing ambiguous forms from health insurers, and highlight cases where companies implemented misleading or fraudulent policies. The Regents will also work with other medical societies to inform regulators about any fraudulent representation by insurers," according to a statement released from the meeting.

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